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Federal Report by Trump Administration Highlights Intensifying Dangers of Climate Change — 4 Quotes, Reactions

1. ”Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities. The impacts of global climate change are already being felt in the United States and are projected to intensify in the future.”
-Researchers from the report.

2. “The last few years have smashed records for damaging weather in the United States, costing nearly $400 billion since 2015. In a worst-case scenario, the researchers say, climate change could deliver a 10 percent hit to the nation’s GDP by the end of the century.”
-Doyle Rice, USA Today.

3. “Texas should brace for more — and worse — Hurricane Harveys, according to a major scientific report made public on Friday by the Trump administration. Based on the research of hundreds of government and academic scientists, including several in Texas, the 1,656-page appraisal warns that Harvey and other recent extreme weather events are harbingers of climate change. Absent swift action to slash carbon emissions, the report says, the warming trend will have an even more crippling impact on life in the United States.”
-Kiah Collier, The Texas Tribune.

4. “As California’s catastrophic wildfires recede and people rebuild after two hurricanes, a massive new federal report warns that these types of extreme weather disasters are worsening in the United States. The White House report quietly issued Friday also frequently contradicts President Donald Trump. The National Climate Assessment was written long before the deadly fires in California this month and Hurricanes Florence and Michael raked the East Coast and Florida. It says warming-charged extremes ‘have already become more frequent, intense, widespread or of long duration.’”
-Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer.

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